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FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Pub joke ended in tragedy JOSH Spicers death was a waste a tragic end to the fight sparked by a joke over a Guide Dogs donation tin. Mr Spicers killer, Brian Paul Kelly, 48, admitted a charge of reckless manslaughter, with a maximum penalty of life in prison. Defence lawyer Ian Read SC, for Kelly, said: Everyone should have walked away. For some reason Mr Spicer lost self-control, instead of (ignoring) a silly old man mouthing off on the street corner. The victims fiancee, Verity Coonan, was devastated a murder charge was dropped. She told Kelly: Youre a coward. If we lived in another country it would be a life for a life. Kelly stabbed Mr Spicer in the heart and sliced his ear outside Manolis Greek Taverna, in Darwin city. He held the victim in a headlock until Mr Spicers mate, skipper Glen Campbell, kicked him twice in the head. Nobody realised Mr Spicer had been stabbed. He collapsed and deteriorated quickly minutes later, and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. The fatal 8.5cm-deep wound bled inside his chest. Prosecutor Paul Usher railed against a claim Kelly was in grave danger after goading the victim to fight. Mr Spicer, 27, a ship engineer, was drinking at Squires Tavern with Campbell, Brad Horsfall and Mick Usher after they finished work at sea on October 4, 2013. Mr Horsfall joked with the donation tin. Kelly told him to f***ing leave it alone, its charity. The pair were kicked out of the bar and had a fist fight. Kelly walked off but stopped near Smith St and taunted the four men from a distance. Mr Spicer challenged Kelly, who was spouting a wish to fight. He broke free as Mr Campbell tried to restrain him, and was stabbed. Kelly told the oblivious victim: You deserve it there were six of you and one of me. Kelly rang police and lied that a gang of backpackers had jumped me ... I got thrashed. The court heard Kelly had criminal history that showed a propensity to arm himself and be violent when drunk. He will face a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing remarks will be available at www.supreme court.nt.gov.au after Justice Jenny Blokland hands down Kellys fate on October 17. By ELLIE TURNER Storyteller touring NT BEST-SELLING Australian author Kate Forsyth will tour the NT next week, presenting workshops and talks. Known for her mix of historical fiction and fairytale storytelling, the internationally acclaimed author will work with writers of all ages. She will first host a workshop about bringing characters to life in Darwin before making school visits and travelling to Katherine and Alice Springs. Kate is an accredited master storyteller and was voted one of Australias Favourite 20 Novelists 2014 we are delighted to present her for the first time in the NT, NT Writers Centre executive director Panos Couros said. Her most popular book Bitter Greens is set in Renaissance Venice and 17th-century Versailles, recently released in the US to rave reviews. For details visit ntwriters. com.au Children's author Kate Forsyth Running to Big Apple DARWIN mother and daughter duo Clare Labowitch, 60, and Shoanne Labowitch, 32, will together tick the New York marathon off their bucket lists next month. The pair have been bonding with their feet, running together for several years. It's a way for us to keep the connection, Clare said. It started when Shoanne was at uni, we would run together as part of the Sydney runners festival. Clare has been in the lottery for the NYC Marathon, which attracts 50,000 competitors a year, for the past five years, and deferred her participation last year to be able to compete at 60 years old. Its something you only do once in your life, she said. The pair have almost raised the $2600 donation required to enter for their chosen charity, Team for Kids, who empower youth through running. Grants celebrate women GRANT applications for International Womens Day are now open, with applicants to be notified of their success in January. The grants program supports activities designed to celebrate and empower Territory women and girls. IWD is celebrated around the world on March 8 every year to recognise the amazing economic, political and social achievements of extraordinary women across the globe, Community Services Minister Bess Price said. The NT Government offers grants to organisations and community groups to host events that provide opportunities to celebrate the day. International Womens Day grant applications close on October 31. An application form is available online at women.nt.gov.au or by phoning 8999 2598. International Women's Day marchers in Darwin this year Clare and Shoanne Labowitch CCTV of Brian Paul Kelly (left) with a small knife in his hand fighting Josh Spicer outside Manolis Greek Taverna on Smith St DONT MISS TOMORROWS PART 1 TOMORROW PART 2 ON SUNDAY REAL ESTATE LIFTOUT: FIND YOUR DREAM HOME HOW A MARRIAGE ENDED IN MURDER THE STORIES BEHIND OUR STREET NAMES